Chatham Borough Council Set to Hold Public Hearings on Ordinances to Regulate Pipelines, Signs

The Borough of Chatham Council will vote Monday on ordinances to regulate signs, hazardous substance pipelines Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Ordinances to regulate hazardous material pipelines and the placement of signs will be up for adoption Monday at the Borough of Chatham Council regular meeting.

An amendment to a code ordinance designed to regulate pipelines and protect Chatham Borough's infrastructure and water supply from oil and hazardous material pipeline leaks was unanimously passed on first reading in July.

"The lawyer for the pipeline group felt that it would be advantageous to the communities impacted potentially by the Pilgrim Pipeline, but any pipeline that could come in the the future that carries oil or any other hazardous substance, to be able to have something that would specifically address that rather than have a land-use ordinance whereby anything that is not permitted is prohibited," Council member Len Resto, chairman of the Pilgrim Pipeline advisory committee for Chatham Borough, said when the ordinance was introduced. "The lawyer for the MPG (Municipal Pipeline Group) felt it would be better to have something more specific."

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Ordinance 17-08, which regulates the type, size, style and placement of commercial and non-commercial signs, including political signs, within the borough will also be up for adoption. Part of the ordinance states:

All non-commercial signs may be placed in the public right-of-way for not more than 30 days prior to an event date and must be removed within 5 days following the event date. Placement of non-commercial signs must be approved by the Zoning Officer prior to placement. Political signs are defined as non-commercial signs and are allowed in the public rights-of-way; however, they are not allowed on Borough property.

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